Lovers of wild gardens and mid-century architecture are invited to the annual spring open house at Hortense Miller Garden in Boat Canyon on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors can expect a docent-led tour of the two and half acre garden and
post-and-beam home plus free art workshops for children age 5 and up. Walking shoes are recommended. Shuttle service will begin at 10 a.m. from the First Church of Christ Scientist parking lot, 635 High Dr. The last shuttle will leave at 3:20 p.m. Admission is free and sack lunches will be permitted.
After a two-year restoration effort, the support group’s focus “will now shift towards building our membership and soliciting additional volunteer gardeners and docents,” said Diane Lannon, the incoming president of the Friends of Hortense Miller Garden.
For more information visit www.hortensemillergarden.org or call 949-244-2010.
Nextgen Listens in on Burying Utilities
Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig and utility undergrounding manager Wade Brown are guest speakers of Laguna Beach NextGen, which meets at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at the Marine Room Tavern.
The meeting is open to the public. The group that represents the “next generation” of community leaders strive to engage in civic culture and philanthropy.
Help the Warriors Raise Funds
Tacos, blow drys and music, oh my! The British Hair Company and Hollywood star Richard Burgi host the Blue for the Ocean fundraiser from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the British Hair Company, 750 S. Coast Highway.
Food, live music, a raffle and live and silent auctions are on tap with proceeds that benefit the Laguna Beach-based Eco-Warrior Foundation, which promotes ocean conservation.
Tickets, $30-$75 can be purchased at: eco-warrior.org.
Supervisor Describes County’s Environmental Efforts
Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett will address regional concerns at the next Laguna Canyon Conservancy dinner meeting, Monday, April 2, at Tivoli Too! at the Art-A-Fair, 777 Laguna Canyon Road.
Topics will range from John Wayne over-flight noise and restoration of Aliso Creek and its estuary. The Army Corps of Engineers has proposed a $100 million Aliso Creek project. The Board of Supervisors who will decide whether to certify the project’s Environmental Impact Report.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are $15 for members, $20 for non-members and may be paid at the door with prior reservations. RSVP to Max Brown at [email protected] or call 235-8277. Space is limited.
Photo: Lisa Bartlett
American Legion Sponsors Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The veterans of Laguna Beach American Legion Post 222 and the Women’s Auxiliary will once again sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Laguna Beach High School baseball field.
It will take place at 1 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 1. This free event is open to all children 9 years or younger.
Come 30 minutes before the hunt commences as the Easter Bunny will make a personal appearance and will be available for photo opportunities. Please bring your own basket, and please no plastic grass.
Photo Pro Teaches Her Tricks
Laguna Beach photographer Mary Hurlbut guides amateurs to improve their fluency with a digital camera at a 9 a.m. workshop Saturday, March 24, at Bluebird Farms.
Please arrive early as parking is limited. A $40 donation supports the farm’s programs. Bring an empty flash card, wear walking shoes and a notebook and pen.
The Right to Thrive
Rabbi Jonathan Klein, a worker’s rights activist, provides insights into right to work laws Sunday, March 25, at the 10:30 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 429 Cypress Dr.
Look What’s Cookin’
Guest chiefs Patrick DiGiacomo and Robert Villanueva, of Kitchen in the Canyon, plan a free cooking exhibition in the South Laguna Garden at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24.
They will prepare winter cruciferous and root vegetables on a camp stove in the garden, located at Eagle Rock Way and Coast Highway.
Police Hire New Officers
Officer Ryan Radel and Officer Wade Kraus have joined the Laguna Beach Police Department.
Both graduated from the Golden West Criminal Justice Training Center Academy last week, said an announcement from the city manager’s office.
Adopt a Marine
The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group is calling for volunteers to join the to Adopt-A-Marine program.
The Fighting Fifth Marines of Camp Pendleton will soon be deploying to the Middle East. Operation Joining Forces matches citizens of Dana Point and surrounding communities with a single Marine, or a Marine and the family he’s leaving behind. The relationship will last nine months, the duration of the deployment.
Volunteers will receive the name, rank, mailing address and email of the “adoptee” and also contact information for his or her family, along with a list of what is permissible to send and instructions for mailing the packages. There are also suggestions on how to best offer support families at home, if the volunteer wishes.
For more information or to participate, visit http://www.danapoint5thmarines.com/ or contact Sheri Schneringer OJF Chairman [email protected] To volunteer at one of its many events, email Judy Mastracchio at [email protected].